The public is invited for the opening reception and artist talk for "Sea Life," featuring the work of local artist Nedret Andre on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Artbeat's Upper Walls Gallery.
On exhibit during August, the exhibit features acrylic works on panel as well as large-scale oil paintings.
The Upper Walls Gallery is situated at Artbeat, 212A Mass. Ave. in East Arlington’s Capitol Square, and is open seven days a week.
Born in London, Andre is a Boston-based artist who weaves together different approaches to paint in her "Sea Life" series. Andre focuses our attention on seagrass habitats that shelter, feed and protect a vast number of ocean species.
As a storm called "dangerous" ripped through the region Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, with golf-ball-size hail, Medford felt its share of the pain. InsideMedford reports the damage in words and photos here >>
In Arlington, residents told YourArlington that hail fell hardest in East Arlington, was "pea-sized" in the Heights and elsewhere fell not at all.
UPDATED, Aug. 4: Sidewalk work proceeds, possibly ahead of schedule, as the walks on the left side facing Cambridge have been complete.
The official word about the progress of the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington in June was that work "remains generally on time," even with late design changes, including alterations to planters.
Project liaison Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis made the assessment, as reported by Auster's blog.
Supported by the Town of Arlington, the key changes involve the design of the Varnum Street crosswalk and the planters in the business district. The town asked for modifications in response to requests from the community. Read all of Auster's report here >>
As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
First community meeting held at Highrock
UPDATED, Aug. 4: Police Chief Frederick Ryan has released further details about Arlington's community-based strategy to address addiction. Its two key components are:
1. Active outreach to known addicts: The department's health clinician will reach out to support them in developing a plan to ensure their survival, to facilitate the long-term process of recovery and to guide addicts and their loved ones to services; and
2. Arlington Community Training and Support -- ACTS, for short: Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, Arlington is the host for a series of town-based meetings, co-facilitated by the police department’s clinician and a community expert on substance-abuse intervention, in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for addicts and their families.
The 13Forest Gallery plans to open the second round of its summer show, "Double Vision," on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., with six new artists.
Feature story: How the serendipitous dream of 13Forest grew
UPDATED, July 27: Arlington Children’s Theatre is performing two shows in August at the Regent Theatre about growing up in America that come very different perspectives.
"Fame Jr.” and “Green Day’s American Idiot” do not fit the Broadway musical tradition of happy, storybook romances and chorus lines. Instead, they use song and dance to tell the inspiring -- and sometimes gritty -- stories of real people. As Michael Mayer, co-writer of the book American Idiot, says, “It’s not Norman Rockwell. This is a portrait of America today."
"Fame Jr." plays Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"Green Day’s American Idiot" plays Friday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Buy them at regenttheatre.com/tickets_events or at the Regent box office.
"Fame Jr." features a talented cast of young performers ages 7 to 13 in a version of the musical suitable for audiences of all ages. Based upon the 1980s movie "Fame" and the hit Broadway musical it inspired, “Fame Jr.” is the story of ambitious teenagers who know EXACTLY what they want: to attend the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and succeed as professional singers, dancers or musicians.
An online tool developed in Arlington to track town finances two years ago is helping residents of Charlottesville, Va.
The city is using visual budget developed here by Involution Studios.
Smart Cville created the Charlottesville Budget Visualization project, using color-coordinated displays and maps to show the city’s revenues and expenses over a fiscal year.
"This project would not be possible without some great leaders in Massachusetts," a news release says. Involution, with the Town of Arlington, former Selectman Annie LaCourt and Finance Committee Vice Chair Alan Jones, conceptualized a web application that provides an easier way to communicate complex municipal financial information.
Smart Cville says Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, is the first city in that state to use this form of budget visualization.
"It’s takes a really complicated financial instrument like the city budget and breaks it down into an interactive visualization with more digestible chunks for the average citizen to understand," said Lucas Ames with Smart Cville.
The two duplexes on Stonebridge Road in Wayland might seem outwardly unremarkable. Look a bit closer, and they’re special.
Built by Habitat for Humanity, the two new dwellings are also a tangible symbol of achievement and success for the two dozen students from Minuteman High School who helped work on them.
Starting last fall, juniors and seniors in the plumbing and electrical programs at Minuteman began installing the plumbing, electrical and heating systems in both buildings, said Minuteman plumbing/HVAC instructor Kyle Romano, who also serves as school's offsite project coordinator. The two buildings, at 91/ 3 and 95/97 Stonebridge Road, include four units.
The project is expected to be completed in late fall or early winter.
Habitat for Humanity is a global organization that builds, renovates and repairs houses for financially deserving families using volunteer workers and donated materials, according to its website. The project in Wayland, which comes under the aegis of the MetroWest/Greater Worcester (MW/GW) Habitat chapter, is not the first Habitat endeavor in which Minuteman has participated. Students in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical programs worked on another one in 2004 in Acton.
UPDATED, Aug. 3: A 22-year-old East Arlington man was arraigned Friday, July 31, on child-pornography charges after his arrest by town police and federal agents.
Antonio Gutierrez was arrested Thursday, July 30, a police spokesman said the next in a news release. At his appearance, in the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, on federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, Gutierrez learned that he faces an endangerment hearing, set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Investigators obtained a warrant for a residence on Spring Road in Arlington, which is also the location of a residential day-care program owned by the suspect's extended family. However, spokesman John Guilfoil said that when officers and FBI agents went to the residence, it was determined that Gutierrez no longer lived there. A preliminary investigation indicates that the alleged actions of the suspect did not include the daycare or its children.